Thank you, once again, for all of the kind get well wishes, even from as far away as Argentina! It’s a real boost to my spirits to read them. I appreciate those of you who thought of me and took the time to comment.
While trying to rest and recover my sore back, I came across a poem that made me think of my experience this past week. I’m lucky to be able to say that before this week, I have never in my life taken to my bed with illness or aches and pains. I’ve been sick a few times and even broke a couple of bones before. But this was the first time I’ve ever felt bad enough to just want to lie still and not move for several days. I admire those of you who’ve written telling me you’ve had repeated experiences where you hurt your back and were laid up for a while. It must get very frustrating.
In an effort to make this post somewhat book related, here’s the poem I found that reminded me that my back is not perfect, but it’s the only one I’ll ever have. Hope those of you experiencing your own health challenges like it.
LIVING IN THE BODY
by Joyce Sutphen
Body is something you need in order to stay
on this planet and you only get one.
And no matter which one you get, it will not
be satisfactory. It will not be beautiful
enough, it will not be fast enough, it will
not keep on for days at a time, but will
pull you down into a sleepy swamp and
demand apples and coffee and chocolate cake.
Body is a thing you have to carry
from one day into the next. Always the
same eyebrows over the same eyes in the same
skin when you look in the mirror, and the
same creaky knee when you get up from the
floor and the same wrist under the watchband.
The changes you can make are small and
costly — better to leave it as it is.
Body is a thing you have to leave
eventually. You know that because you have
seen others do it, others who were once like you,
living inside their pile of bones and
flesh, smiling at you, loving you,
leaning in the doorway, talking to you
for hours and then one day they
are gone. No forwarding address.
Hope you have a good weekend. See you in the stacks!